Into the woods.

We’re not out of the woods yet, kids.

from here.

And, BTW, this is post #800.

from here.

That just seems special somehow.

from here.

And off to grandmother’s house we go…

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Vampire sluts.

Previously on Counterforce: Fuck you, Dracula.

One of my favorite webcomics out there is Kate Beaton‘s Hark! A Vagrant, which takes a hilarious look back on history and literature. I’m a little behind on it, but was elated when I checked the internet today and saw that, in honor of Halloween, Kate Beaton was reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula

…and getting at what the book was really about more than a fear of undead bloodsuckers returning to life, but the horrific idea of sexually-liberated women. What a terrifying notion, right? Anyway, I would always recommend the works of Kate Beaton and Hark! A Vagrant, but the stuff on Dracula is especially good and you should get it out.

The fate of the blogger.

from The Playwright, the new graphic novel written by Daren White and illustrated by Eddie Campbell, who has previously done the Alec series, as well as From Hell with Alan Moore, and The Fate Of The Artist and Bacchus. And this image I found in his interview with Forbidden Planet:

What makes ’em act that way?

Mad Linkage:

Thank the heavens, they may actually cancel Heroes!

…just like they (finally) canceled Law & Order.

(Sidebar: If I was doing porn [again], I think that “Dick Wolf” would be a strong contender for my porn name.)

Yeah, sure, they should replace Dermot Mulroney with Josh Holloway in The Rockford Files‘ remake.

from here.

How airport security changes your mood when traveling.

Why is the sky blue?

Spew” by Neal Stephenson.

Powerful images of the unfolding disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

from here.

Arizona bans ethnic studies in public schools.

Also, Los Angeles boycotts Arizona.

Emma Stone deserves better movies to star in, right?

Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse talk about “Across The Sea.”

Joanna Newsom, Lady Gaga, Madonna. Whatever.

Tracy Grandstaff, the voice of Daria, is a Vice President at Comedy Central.

Taylor Momsen carries a knife!

Latest details of Lawrence Taylor’s sex scandal.

The infidelity of Matt Lauer.

by Sally Mann, from here.

RIP Frank Frazetta.

An invisible structure and a great view.

The performance art of James Franco and Marina Abramović.

The trailer for The Adjustment Bureau, the Phillip K. Dick adaptation starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.

You can buy a shitload of Lost props, if you’re so inclined.

Here is a nice collection of hipster babes to keep you occupied.

Largest scientific instrument ever built to prove Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

Gravity girls.

Mad linkage:

NYC car bomb.

Congress takes on statehood for Puerto Rico.

The Onion AV Club interviews Russell Hoban.

Brandon Flowers announces solo album.

The picture above is Melvin Sokolsky and can be found here.

The songs that never die.

MGMT “too crazy” for Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3.

The abandoned Spreepark in Berlin.

Christopher Nolan’s next Batman film gets a release date.

The picture below is from a series entitled “Get Back In Your Book” by Lissy Laricchia, and it and more can be found here.

Does something about Winston Churchill annoy the American left?

Fear, crop failures, bee catastrophes.

Is Schrödinger’s Cat alive or dead?

“That’s kind of like getting fired over the internet.”

So, I watched Up In The Air over the weekend…

The movie, directed by Jason Reitman, starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, and Anna Kendrick, is a fine one. Not exceptional, but well done. Good, but nothing Oscar worthy. Smart, but not all that smart, if you know what I mean. And that’s a good meta statement, I believe, to sum up the younger Reitman’s filmography as a whole so far.

But my real question for you, for those of you who have seen the movie, that is…

I can buy pretty much everything else about his character – and not just buy, but understand – but, is it me or doesn’t George Clooney’s character seem more than a little naive about women throughout the whole film?

What are you doing on Saturday?

…from Woody Allen‘s Play It Again, Sam.